Homelands: The History of a Friendship (Paperback)
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Homelands: The History of a Friendship (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages
Published: 06/04/2023
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Waterstones Says

A gripping and unique meditation on otherness, human connection and belonging, Homelands explores the powerful friendship between the author, the daughter of Indian immigrants, and a Holocaust survivor who arrived in Britain in 1939.

This book is about two unlikely friends. One born in 1970s Britain to Indian immigrant parents, the other arrived from Nazi Germany in 1939, fleeing persecution.

This is a story of migration, racism, family, belonging, grief and resilience. It is about the state we're in now and the ways in which we carry our pasts into our futures.

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781838852696
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 246 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Homelands is beautiful in unusual and wonderful ways, beyond the grace and magic when its prose rises almost to poetry. It is an extravagant exploration of the imaginative possibilities of empathy, of how a friendship can build a bridge across differences in origins and age, how you can enter into another life, why you should, what happens when you do - REBECCA SOLNIT

Remarkable - The Times

A fabulous piece of work - CAL FLYN

Achingly beautiful - Guardian

A spellbinding story of triumph and tragedy, war and sanctuary, emigration and belonging. Fans of Sebald and De Waal are going to love this - GAVIN FRANCIS

An eloquent testament to the tribulations of national belonging - New Statesman

A deeply reflective and moving account of a remarkable friendship that bridges a century. Homelands is at once meditative and urgent, humane and journalistic. I learned so much in these pages, and yet couldn't stop smiling at the simple strokes: the love, the kindness, the unlikely places friendship blooms - DINA NAYERI

Vivid storytelling . . . Ramaswamy reflects with dreamlike clarity on memory and transience - Observer

An astonishing read. It brings all the verve, drama and detail of fiction writing and the solid thinking and reflection of the best non-fiction. What an achievement - PRIYAMVADA GOPAL

It is Henry's life story which is the gripping heart of the matter . . . immersive - Scotsman

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“Homelands - The history of a friendship -Chitra Ramaswamy”

This is the most delightful and engaging autobiography/biography telling as it does something of the author's story and that of Henry and Ingrid two kindertransportees who made their home in Scotland during and... More

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